Win A NZXT Phantom Case (US/Canada) @ HH - CLOSES: 7th Feb 2011

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    NZXT Phantom winner writes his review

    Hey, all. Some of you may have seen me around posting some comments about different articles, mostly having semi-negative opinions about Gigabyte and really negative opinions about CoolerMaster. I had two HAF932 cases, both had extreme problems. I sold one over the holidays, and gave my other one away to the guy across the hall from me last night for letting me use his wifi for the past couple of weeks while my ISP got their heads out of their asses. The reason I was able to give the second one away was I won the NZXT Phantom case give away contest and it arrived last night. craig5320 (oddly enough, that's not his age) asked me to post some pics. I thought since I've been sticking around DH for a while now and learned a lot from the whole community on here that I'd do more than just take a couple of snaps and share my build and opinion of it. For those that get bored of my writings, it's okay, you can just look at all the pretty pictures.

    My Build (other than the pretty little case I won)

    • Antec TruePower Quattro 850W Power Supply
    • EVGA X58 Classified
    • Core i7 950 @ 4.02GHz
    • Zalman CNPS9900A LED
    • Kingston Hyper-X 1600 6x2GB
    • Patriot Torqx m28 2x128GB in RAID 0
    • Seagate 2 1/2" 120GB 7200 RPM notebook hard drive (off an old laptop - probably the laptop that I had on my signature - which I need to update still, lol)
    • LG Blu-Ray 16X burner. Can't remember the model number, and I'm not on that comp at the moment. I'll post later.
    • EVGA GTX 570 SSC for main GPU
    • BFG GTX 285 OC for PhysX card (what else am I gonna do with a BFG card?)
    • Asus Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe sound card


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    I think the case kinda looks like something out of TRON. Has it's pluses and minuses, depends on your personal preference and opinion. White definitely stands out from most other computer and electronics components, but it's still a decent looking case and for me, I like the lines of a lot of NZXT cases. Gets away from all the other plain looking cases without looking like a bulldozer or SUV wannabe. The inside of the case is nice and clean looking and great with the rubberized cable management holes. It also had lots of hard drive bays. Since I'm not using this as a server and only putting in a couple of small hard drives I decided to take out the extra drive bay cage (just unscrews very easily).

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    The case also comes with a LOT of screws. Extra thumb screws, lots of drive bay screws, extra fan screws, etc. Something I would have changed was that in only came with 9 hex mobo risers. That's fine for most users, but some E-ATX mobos can use more, such as mine. I never throw anything out so I have tonnes of computer screws and risers kicking around.

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    Here's something I thought was really great. At first I couldn't even figure out what it was since I've never seen one before, and I've been building computers since Pentiums first came out, and was a hardware specialist at IBM at a research and development lab before I had to retire at 32 for health reasons. It's a torque screw to be able to tighten the hex mobo risers on the motherboard tray instead of having to use a pair of pliers or squeezing the hell out of it with your thumb and forefinger. I always used a mini socket set that I have for computer stuff, but this is a definite plus for everyone.

    Now for my components...

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    In case you're wondering what the hell is on the back of my motherboard, it's a heat sink from a dead Xbox 360. Some of the newer motherboards have a full plate behind the CPU, and some of the better cases have holes where the CPU sits so it makes it easier to change heat sinks without having to remove the whole motherboard. I used some double sided thermal tape and attached the Xbox 360 heat sink to the plate behind the CPU and fit perfectly in the hole and had enough clearance to put the side case on. Might not seem like much, but over clocked and stressed I was averaging 3* to 4* lower than without it. Not much, but every little bit counts. Be nice if motherboard and case manufacturers recognized this and actually gave a little more clearance to put a better heat sink on the back.

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    As you saw from my first hard drive pics, I have hard drive adaptors to fit 2 1/2" hard drives into my desktop. They didn't seem to fit into the NZXT drive bay sleeves, but it turned out that I didn't need them. NZXT hard drive bays have screw holes to connect all types of hard drives into them, including 2 1/2" drives. No need for any adaptors, all 7 drive bays can hold either 3 1/2" or 2 1/2" drives.

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    A common problem that I think more case manufacturers need to change is the amount of expansion slots. The common number is 7, which, in most cases, is enough. But I've gone through dozens of forums trying to find good cases that have 8 or more. I have a tri-SLI board, but if I want to use the bottom PCI-E slot, I need 8 expansion slots, or some funky handy work. I chose the latter. With the design of the Phantom case, it has 7 expansion slots, but a little extra room before you get to the power supply. I tried to fit my BFG GTX 285 into the bottom slot of the mobo, but it was just a hair too tight. I decided to try to see how the graphics card would fit without the mounting bracket. It was snug, but it did fit, and snug enough where I didn't need the mounting bracket to screw it into place. Not ideal, but usable, and future proof for when I buy another 570 to SLI them and have a dedicated PhysX card.

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    Another side bitch is with EVGA. Guys, I love you. Your products, service, support, etc. But the heat sink covering the top PCI-e 1X slot was a really dumb idea. If it wasn't for the shape of that heat sink I could have put my Asus Xonar sound card in that slot, and then the worry about that bottom slot and an 8 expansion slot might have been less of an issue, for me at least. There are still going to be others out there that will need the expansion, for higher end NIC cards or even a PCI-e SSD

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    I had a couple extra white 120mm fans from another computer build that I did over the holidays so I installed one of them for the front fan of the Phantom, and decided to go to a local computer store to pick up a couple of 200mm fans to put in the top and the side of the case. Sadly enough they only had CoolerMaster 200mm fans, but I decided to bite the bullet and get them anyways. Since they were matching I put both the CoolerMaster fans on the top, and take the 200mm NZXT fan from the top and install it on the side. Now, I'm not sure who to blame, NZXT or CoolerMaster, but with my run in with CoolerMaster products and their customer support, you know which way I'd lean. One of them are making proprietary 200mm fans. I kept one of the 230mm case fans from my HAF932 to install on the side of the NZXT case and it wouldn't fit. Okay, fair enough, I'll buy two 200mm fans then. They were CoolerMaster as well and they didn't fit either. I did have a bit of luck though, that with the shape of the NZXT case and the little lip around the top of the case, I was able to 'friendly' fit the 2 CoolerMaster fans up at the top. They are snug enough not to move or vibrate. Then I was able to take the NZXT 200mm fan that I took from the top and install it on the side panel.

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    So, end result. Nice looking case. The CoolerMaster 200mm fans were with blue LED lights as well, so it matched, though the actual look of the lights, the NZXT 200mm fan was a lot nicer. For me, I don't care about LED lights. My eyes are on the screen, not a case that can have pretty little lights. That goes more along bragging rights when people come over and say, "Wow, what a cool computer!" And it is. It's a nice looking case. It has lots of air flow and good filters for dust (I have two cats, I know about dust). And it's decently quiet. Even with the fans on full there's not much difference in noise level. Keep in mind I have a GTX 285 OC in there too.

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    Hope you all enjoyed my little write up and don't hate me too much for being the winner. Feel free to comment, bash, or ask questions :)
     
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    Cool, Man! Thanks for the pics and the writeup.....
     
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    yea, sorry the pics are so huge. I cropped them, but they still showed up so huge on here. I'm gonna take a break and try to come back later and resize them so it makes it easier for everyone to see.

    PS. I also posted all the pics to my facebook account, Nathan Stephen Day, if DH or NZXT want to check them out on there as well. That way they can be tagged or which ever.
     
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    Nice post Mac_Angel. I have let the NZXT PR guy know about it.

    Enjoy the case!
     
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    I found this thread via Facebook :p

    Nice pics/review!
     

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